HB 13 - 1224 - document
Colorado State Senate debates the large magazine for assault type and large shot gun weapons. The Republicans argue a familiar premise which includes "law abiding" vs. "the criminal" however, to date, they have failed to identify which person might belong to which group. This premise continues to create equally familiar defense statements:
12 hours and counting, Republicans have been occupying the floor making the same arguments on false premises, including the following:
1. Cops have lots of bullets, why can't a citizen be equally armed.
2. Unless you have a 100 round or bigger magazine loaded into a semi assault rifle, then you are defenseless and will certainly be killed by the "criminal".
3. Cops are fully trained and endure the precarious climate of a critical incident, and have lots of bullets in the event they miss, how can an untrained person in the midst of trauma be expected to hit their target unless they have at least 100 rounds.
4. All "criminals" are somehow identified before they fire a weapon, if they are going to fire a weapon, and all "law abiding people" will certainly be alerted to their presence and thus use a gun to stop them from shooting the "good guy".
5. Seemingly unlimited hypothetical situations which may arise in which a citizen may need to protect themselves using a firearm, cannot do so in any of these hypothetical s unless their gun has high capacity magazines. Having to reload after 15 rounds, apparently means certain death and or violates freedoms.
6. Civil liberties are impeded by not having a 100 round magazine in a semi automatic rifle - that citizens will be surely murdered due to this prohibition.
7. If "law abiding citizens have less than 100 rounds, then "bad guys" will kill the good guys - argument follows that criminals don't follow laws.
8. Restricting the manufacturing of high capacity magazines in Colorado will reduce employment for the illegal immigrant population, thus negate the immigration reform bill. It will increase poverty for the Hispanic community.
9. Prohibiting large capacity magazines will destroy the Colorado jobs market and economy.
10. Banning large clips is equal to disarming citizens.
Clearly, the arguments are based on a false premise that all citizens are divided into good and bad guys.
Clearly, comparing citizens to police officers and the situations each may face, is a false argument and begs the question, why would any non police officer be in the same situation as a police officer?
Interestingly, same Republicans object to back ground checks, thus putting all citizens in the same bucket with the "criminal".
Protecting oneself from harm is a concept which can be elevated into a fully fictional monster scenario similar to a video game and in which one would want to be fully armed - including body armor, tanks, and bombs... because police and military are armed this way, thus anyone who chooses, should be, even though they will never face the same situation, except in their fantasies.
Profiling labor for the manufacturing of bullets is beyond what anyone might consider a prejudicial view and rings a false sincerity. There is no comment on the argument regarding the economic climate in Colorado.